Pinteractive 2 (plus winner announced)

I got pinteractive.

Maybe you’re asking me: How did you find the time?! You had to work all day Saturday on your fundraiser and you needed to get in a workout so you wouldn’t hurt anyone and you went house hunting even though you proclaimed you were holding off on that until April?!

The easiest answer is: I lied.

But the truth is: When I am busy the answer for me is to not find relaxation pockets of time but rather to just keep doing. I’m like a machine. Once I’m on a roll, don’t stop me. I’ll crash at the end of it all. So basically, come Wednesday, I’ll be crumpled under my sheets.

One of my favorite parts of the week is Sunday morning. Mr. Darcy is snoring away, the cats are fed, and I’m all alone in the quiet. I make a cup of tea, maybe light some candles, and get on Pinterest to find some recipes I want to try out. Since the next two days are going to be nutty for me, I figure it’d be smart to prep some meals so I don’t get stuck eating a crappy burger like I did Saturday night.

I have heard many people sing the praises of this spaghetti sauce. With 5 tbsps of butter, I can see why it might be tasty. I figured since I had the butter, tomatoes, and onion, why not? Making pasta is a quick after work thing to do and bonus, Mr. Darcy will devour any carb.

So I made¬† “The Best Ever Tomato Sauce In the World!” and it was. . .just okay. I mean it is tasty but not life changing. Mr. Darcy loved it. I guess I’m just more of a pesto girl.

I also tried out a new method for hard boiled eggs. But instead of boiling them, you bake them. Do I now have to call them baked eggs? It doesn’t really connote the same thing, does it?¬† You basically cook them for 30 minutes at 325 degrees then plunge them in ice cold water. When I make hard boiled eggs on the stove top I inevitably forget that they are boiling and they crack. This method seemed full proof.

Alton Brown’s baked eggs recipe is genius. But would we expect less from him?

Last week I made these no bake chocolate & peanut butter oatmeal bars but it turned out kind of odd even though it tasted good. I don’t think I would make it again.

I whipped up some blondies too because we had chocolate chips lying around and I’m attempting to clear our pantry of anything sugary for my upcoming cleanse (more on that later). I wanted to bring in a sweet treat for my co-workers who are going to be slaving away with me on pre-fundraiser madness. 1100 name tags in alpha order? No problem when fueled by sweet carbs. I might have over-cooked them but they still taste good.

And in case you thought I forgot: The winner of the pretty things give away is. . .NANETTE!

I used random number generator and it gave me comment #16 which is Nanette’s. How totally coinky-dinky that it should pull her since she is the creator of the Pinteractive movement? It’s a sign from the Universe.

Thanks for entering everyone. I wish I could give each of your a pretty thing. You deserve it!

I’m Pinteractive (in the kitchen)

It’s no secret that I love Pinterest. I use it to keep track of ideas for our someday house, our soon-to-be wedding, my fashion ideas and the many crafts I want to try. But the best use I’ve found for Pinterest so far is recipes. I’ve found some real gems there!

My friend Nanette challenged herself and us to get Pinteractive. Never one to back down from a challenge, I joined her. Besides, I heartily agree it is time to start making those pins a reality in my life.

One of the many, many reasons I am looking forward to having a house is the fact that I will finally have a big kitchen and room to host dinner parties where people can sit around a table and eat (unlike our current situation where guests must eat food while holding a plate on their lap).

We hosted my family over for dinner the other night. I love family dinners not just because it’s a good time together but because I get to try out new recipes. The meal was so good that I am sharing the recipes here.

Crock pot mashed potatoes: I saw this recipe on Pinterest and they proclaimed them to be The Best Mashed Potatoes Ever. I was skeptical – I mean how different can they be? They’re still potatoes, mashed. But you guys? These are good. SO GOOD. So if you’re making dinner and have 4-5 hours to wait for mashed potatoes, make these. They were, hands down, the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.

Image: Smitten Kitchen

Buttermilk Roast Chicken: Again, I found this recipe thanks to Pinterest. It’s a Smitten Kitchen recipe which ensures it’s going to be delicious. I’ve never made one of her recipes and not been ridiculously happy with the results. The actual cooking time is minimal but brining the chicken in the mixture is best when done 24 hours in advance. The chicken was so moist. Even my nephew loved it.

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones: Because I had extra buttermilk left over from the brining mixture, I found a recipe for buttermilk scones. The buttermilk I purchased was low fat and these were made with whole wheat and white flours. By their very nature- being a carb/chocolate food- they aren’t great for watching your calorie intake but they were tasty. Mr. Darcy ate the majority of them. I preferred them hot and melty with a cup of tea and then the next day I was just sort of over them.

Want to join Nanette and I and many other in getting Pinteractive? Hop over to her blog and get on board!